Lawsuits are now being filed on behalf of people who suffered severe bouts of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding after taking Xarelto (generic: rivaroxaban), a widely-prescribed anticoagulant drug. Bayer and Janssen Pharmaceuticals, the companies that manufacture and market Xarelto, have been accused of downplaying the uncontrollable bleeding risks associated with the drug.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one developed gastrointestinal bleeding after taking Xarelto, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit against the manufacturer and our lawyers can help.
What’s the Problem with Xarelto?
When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Xarelto in July of 2011, its safety profile was evaluated in the ROCKET AF clinical trial. The study determined that gastrointestinal bleeding occurred in 3.1% of patients treated with Xarelto, compared to 2% of patients who took warfarin (a staple blood-thinner that’s been in use for more than 50 years in the U.S.) Like all anticoagulants, bleeding is one of the most commonly reported side effects of Xarelto. However, unlike warfarin, in which bleeding events can be reversed with a single dose with Vitamin K, Xarelto has no antidote.
What is Gastrointestinal Bleeding?
GI bleeding refers to any bleeding that starts in the gastrointestinal tract. Bleeding is typically divided into:
- Upper GI bleeding – The upper GI tract includes the esophagus, stomach and 1st part of the small intestine.
- Lower GI bleeding – The lower GI tract includes the small intestine, large intestine (bowels), rectum and anus.
- Dark, tarry stools
- Larger amounts of blood passed from the rectum
- Small amounts of blood in the toilet bowl, on toilet paper, or in streaks on feces
- Vomiting blood
Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuit Filed in KY
In February 2014, a lawsuit was filed by against Bayer and Johnson & Johnson by Virginia Stuntebeck, a Kentucky woman who allegedly nearly died from gastrointestinal bleeding after being treated with Xarelto. Stuntebeck says she started using Xarelto to treat atrial fibrillation (afib) in July of 2012. A little over a year later, she was hospitalized with GI bleeding that doctors tried to stop.
According to the complaint:
“Defendants concealed their knowledge that Xarelto can cause life threatening, irreversible bleeds from the Ingesting Plaintiff, other consumers, the general public, and the medical community … Indeed, the Defendants did not properly warn of the irreversible nature of Xarelto in the ‘Warnings and Precautions’ section of the products warning label.”
Do I Have a Xarelto Gastrointestinal Bleeding Lawsuit?
The Pharmaceutical Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Xarelto Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new gastrointestinal bleeding cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by Xarelto side effects, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.